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  • The Whale Trail The Whale Trail The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with ...
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  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
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  • 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words "I’m bored" inevitably cross their lips. Our "101 things to do with kids in Cape Town" will ...
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

22 Things we LOVE about Cape Town

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Cape Town over the last 15 years has completely re-designed itself. The city has gone from a sleepy hollow tagged onto the bottom of Johannesburg, to become one of the most photographed, talked about, and visited cities in the world.

Even Fodors has been heard to mutter that if there is only one place in South Africa you visit, make it Cape Town.

Those who live here are more than a little patriotic about their city. Here are the things we LOVE about Cape TownContinued

Friday, 8 August 2014

A visitor’s guide to using minibus taxis in Cape Town and Johannesburg

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The minibus taxi is as commonplace in South Africa as the tuk-tuk is in Thailand (although tuk-tuks are now also found on the streets of Jozi, but that’s another story) . They’re everywhere.

Last count, which was quite some time ago, saw over 50 000 of them in Johannesburg alone…

Accommodating roughly 10 people at a time, the average minibus is in dire need of mechanical assistance, and driving standards seldom adhere to the rules of the road – frustrating for everyday commuters (read: those with cars) who regard taxis as a scourge.

Many routes are highly unsafe, and as a visitor to the country you would do well to ask for local advice before using them. That said, a visit to South Africa is incomplete unless you’ve hitched a ride in one. Continued

Thursday, 7 August 2014

It’s always 1920 at The Stanford Hotel

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The Stanford Hotel is a landmark in the village of Stanford in the Cape Overberg, which can be found teaming with life every Saturday morning, attracting market-goers to the Saturday Morning Market held at the hotel every weekend. Built in 1920, with parts of it dating back to the 1890′s, The Stanford Hotel was Stanford’s first accommodation… Continued

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

20 reasons to never leave a big city (like Jozi or Cape Town) EVER

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Hard to believe that in 1800 only 3 percent of the world lived in cities. Most people lived in the countryside, in towns. By 1900 things had changed somewhat – 12 cities already had over 1 million people.

Now not only are there 400 cities with over a million people in them, but the world has 40 mega cities with over 5 million people in each (Japan, Seoul, New York, Mumbai, Delhi, LA etc.).

For as many of us choosing to downscale by moving to small towns, countless others would never dream of doing so.

There are various reasons to never leave a big city. Here are just 20 … Continued

Friday, 1 August 2014

Umhlali Coffee Cafe Crawl

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I had the most wonderful morning last Saturday; enjoying a long overdue catchup with a very dear school friend. We had last seen each other at my 40th birthday lunch in November and here we were in July … where had the time gone too?

As she lives in Durban North and I live on a farm just outside of Stanger we decided to meet in Umhlali which is pretty much halfway for both of us and would not be the chaos that is Ballito on a Saturday morning! Continued

Thursday, 31 July 2014

9 South African obsessions

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Every group of people exhibits a particular set of idiosyncracies, or fascination with certain things, that differentiate them from others.

The Americans do compulsive snacking, high school yearbooks, constant emotional unburdening (usually in the form of a laborious novel) and law suits.

The British do tea, DIY, the weather, gardening, societal class, Mind the Gap and queues.

South Africans are preoccupied with the following … Continued

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

20 reasons to leave the city and move to a ‘dorp’

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You’ve had a life-long dream.

That goes something like this: meet soul mate (optional), have child (optional), move to a SMALL TOWN and open a coffee shop/fish shop/country restaurant/country pub and live out the rest of your life in the slow lane without any big city stress.

Perhaps you have given the idea merely a passing thought? Either way, here are a list of reasons to leave the city and head for South Africa’s country ‘dorps’…

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Monday, 28 July 2014

The 10 best eateries in Durban

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Durban as a ‘foodie destination’ is a recent concept. The Roma revolving restaurant was about as good as it got. Recently areas like Greyville, Berea and Glenwood have mushroomed into trendy alternatives to the always buzzing Florida Road, and places to nosh have restored the city’s lunch and dinner scene.

Here are 10 of the best eateries in Durban, for a variety of reasons… Continued

Friday, 25 July 2014

Grootvadersbosch – 15 reasons to visit this last patch of indigenous forest

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Right at the end of a dirt road that begins somewhere after the little village of Suurbraak is the largest remaining indigenous forest in the Langeberg.

The forest is almost engulfed by the ravine into which it descends, barely visible from the top of the mountain fynbos-clad hillsides of the Grootvadersbosch reserve. This isolated pocket of Afromontane forest, in a pleat of the Cape fold mountains, is known by few yet there are a myriad reasons to visit … Continued

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

7 things in Cape Town that you can (and can’t) do in Europe

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With Cape Town rated as the top destination for 2014 by the New York Times earlier this year – ahead of LA, the Vatican and the Seychelles – it is only natural that visitors want to know just what it is Cape Town has that other cities don’t.

And so we’ve put together an irrefutable list – things in Cape Town that you can (and can’t) do in Europe… Continued

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tantalize your tastebuds in Stanford Village

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Described by many as resembling a scene from ‘A River Runs Through It‘, Stanford village possesses the idyllic, dreamy charm of an epic romantic film. Children fish from the jetties while Gymnogenes call nearby; residents hit the river with their canoes early in summer for a ‘country gym session’, while horse-riders saddle up for long out-rides in the mountains.

Stanford has quietly been attracting ‘swallows’, investors, weekenders, visitors and residents to its sleepy river banks over the past few years, shaking things up for the better. This small Overberg town now boasts award-winning wineries, restaurants and artisans, along with just about the prettiest country views you’ve ever clapped eyes on… Continued

Friday, 18 July 2014

Breakfast at Parc Cafe in Glenwood, Durban

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I love a lie in on a Saturday morning, but this last Saturday we found ourselves heading down the highway at 06h45 in order to get to Durban in time for our first ever Park Run which started at 08h00. What a great event … A free 5km time trial that happens every Saturday with the route starting on the promenade outside Suncoast Casino and making its way past Circus Circus Beach Cafe for 2.5kms before heading back to Suncoast.

We really enjoyed it but let’s face it, every runner, elite or not, deserves a good breakfast after a 6h15 wake up call and this really was why we had made the trek from Kearsney! Continued

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The 8 best drinking holes in Cape Town

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Cape Town is lively, sophisticated and one of the world’s 10 most loved cities at any time of the year. But in winter, when driving rain or cold can keep people from spilling out onto the pavements, finding the city’s favourite drinking holes is not as easy as cruising the streets to follow the crowd; the crowd is usually safely sequestered indoors.

We thought we’d be helpful and highlight our top trendy drinking holes in Cape Town, in the centre of the city… Continued

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Living in Cape Town – The 15 best days

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Just about any time spent living in Cape Town is better than living anywhere else (yes, I am unashamedly biased). Even so, there are some days that are even better than others. Guess that’s why we love living here so much… Continued

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants

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Jozi’s bustling nightlife has so much by way of eclectic and vibey restaurants, pubs, and clubs that making a choice is difficult.

We make it easy for you – Here is our guide on Where to drink in Jozi – top 15 bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants …
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